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Arnold Mitchem Fellows Program

Dr. Mitchem (center) with a group of Mitchem Fellows and DePaul facultyThe Arnold Mitchem Fellows Program is a DePaul University initiative designed to prepare sophomores from underrepresented populations for post-graduate study. Mitchem Fellows targets students with an excellent academic record, a commitment to attain a doctoral degree, and an interest in academic careers.

The program is named after Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, who has been a voice for low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities his entire career. Thanks to his work, the federally funded TRiO Programs (the largest discretionary program in the U.S. Department of Education) have expanded by nearly 400 percent and now serve more than 872,000 students at 1,200 colleges and universities.

Dr. Mitchem graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 1965. Before receiving his PhD in foundations of education at Marquette University in 1981, he studied European history as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He began his career on the history faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1969, he was named director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette, serving in that role until 1986, when he relocated to Washington, D.C., to represent low-income and disabled students nationally. Dr. Mitchem is the first and only president of the Council for Opportunity in Education.

Dr. Mitchem is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Access Network as well as a former trustee of the College Board, and is past president of the Committee for Education Funding, a D.C.-based coalition of national education associations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Marquette University.

Dr. Mitchem has received honorary doctoral degrees from nine American universities, including DePaul. In addition, DePaul is one of several universities to offer fellowships named after Dr. Mitchem to encourage both opportunity and achievement in higher education.​​

For more information, contact:
Arnold Mitchem Fellows Program
Schmitt Academic Center, Suite 166
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-4743​ |